Cialis and Alcohol

There are several potential risks associated with combining alcohol and Cialis. This combination can increase your risk of developing certain side effects, such as dizziness, a rapid heart rate, and low blood pressure. If you are taking Cialis, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about your alcohol consumption and what is best for your situation.

Can I Drink Alcohol on Cialis?

According to the manufacturer of Cialis® (tadalafil), drinking large amounts of alcohol while taking this drug is not recommended. Although drinking a little alcohol while on Cialis probably will not cause any problems, significant consumption may cause a drug interaction.
 

How Much Can I Drink?

Studies have shown that men who drink five or more alcoholic beverages while taking Cialis may develop certain problems. Each of the following drinks listed is an example of one alcoholic beverage:
 
  • 5 ounces of wine
  • 12 ounces of beer
  • 1½ ounces of 80-proof whiskey or 1 ounce of 100-proof spirits.
     
Lesser amounts of alcohol probably will not cause any problems for most men.
 

Consequences of Combining Cialis With Alcohol

In studies, men who consumed large amounts of alcohol (five drinks or more) while taking Cialis reported the following symptoms:
 
Both of these products can have similar effects on blood vessels, causing them to dilate (open wider). It is this dilation of blood vessels that causes symptoms when alcohol and Cialis are combined.
 

Talking With Your Healthcare Provider

You should talk with your healthcare provider about alcohol consumption and Cialis. You and your healthcare provider understand your situation best. Based on what you want and expect, as well as your current health situation, the two of you can make a shared decision about your intake of alcohol while on this drug. There may also be other medical reasons why you should not consume alcohol.
 
 
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